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Boulder Ablaze by kkart Boulder Ablaze by kkart
Last evening myself and ~PaulGana went to photograph the "Fourmile Canyon Wildfire",which is burning behind and above the city of Boulder, and what awaited us was something the likes of which I have never seen. I always wanted to photograph a wildfire, but I have to say, I couldn't help but stop and be reminded of the people who are and have lost their homes, and whose lives are changed forever. Thank goodness for very long lenses is all I can say. I would in no way want to be close to this monster. Talk about bittersweet, this very shot now seems to be going viral on twitter [link] and is approaching 10,000 views in just a few hours. I only wish I never had to photograph it to begin with... This was shot with my Sony a550 and my Tamron 200-400mm lens. I am reminded of a quote with this shot--"Even when causing her most destruction, Mother Nature is still beautiful", very true, it is just very sad to see it....

I hope you all like it

EDIT--- As of 4pm Denver time today, this photo has now been picked up by The AP (Associated Press) so if anyone sees it please get a shot of it in use, or a screen cap. Their client base is huge and includes many news agencies (NBC, CBS, Time Magazine, etc etc) along with several online news resources, like Yahoo, AOL, Google, etc etc If anyone happens to see it online please by all means get a screen shot for me! If you see it in print please take a snap shot of it for me!
Thanks everyone!

See more on my website all work copyrighted 2010 John De Bord. Feel free to link to this shot on Facebook, Twitter, etc. I welcome the extra exposure!
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Daily Deviation

Given 2010-09-28
I kept going back and forth on this one because of the number of faves achieved on this deviation. But at the end, a daily deviation isn't just about how many faves it has or lacks. It's about seeing a freaking good photo and sharing it with the world because it absolutely deserves it.

Suggested by =TimberClipse who says, "This is an amazing photograph with an amazing background! Many photographers know `kkart and he shows just how amazing and talented he truly is!"

Also suggested by =the-arkz who says, " It's a very newsworthy photograph that was taken very beautifully!"

Boulder Ablaze by `kkart

[Photojournalism / Natural Events]
( Featured by Timothy-Sim )
valwolfpaw Featured By Owner May 25, 2012
Breathless, My father fought in the fire for 4 days straight with little sleep. I was amazed to see everyone working together, though emotions, and actions were so close to snapping. Great shot!
Klara999 Featured By Owner Jun 30, 2011
This is really a great shot...
NigNag Featured By Owner Mar 30, 2011
QuantumGinger Featured By Owner Mar 27, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
When I saw these I was like, Colorado! and I read and I was like...O_o woah!
Emilee0The0Strange Featured By Owner Mar 27, 2011  Student Traditional Artist
Holy crap o_o
Puuronen Featured By Owner Mar 23, 2011  Professional General Artist
Huh... I can see a strong contrast in this photo somehow. The city and the fires behind it....Great capture.
C-S-Marcy Featured By Owner Mar 23, 2011  Student Traditional Artist
I was on my way home from a camping trip south of boulder when we saw a huge pillar of smoke coming from boulder. we had no idea what happened, its was terrifying!
Sparia Featured By Owner Mar 22, 2011  Student General Artist
have no words for this one...
bluebonnets Featured By Owner Feb 10, 2011
I recall the "old fire/gran prix fire" in southern california a few years back looked quite similar. beautiful yet destructive; it destroyed many of my favorite places of youth.
Dagger-Kitsune Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2011
Hauntingly beautiful.
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